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Greece and Turkey


Maymester – May 24-June 15, 2015

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Info Session: Monday, November 24, 12 noon in AIMM 104


CLS 351/HON 351 – An Odyssey in Greece and Turkey: An Exploration of Ancient Greek Culture and Places (1 unit, Liberal Learning Elective in Literary, Visual and Performing Arts; Global)

Program Directors: Dr. Lee Ann Riccardi, Art/Classical Studies and Dr. Glenn Steinberg, English/Classical Studies

No Pre-Requisites, Language Requirements, or GPA Restrictions – Open to all students (including current first-year students)

This multiweek experience includes visits to the major classical sites of Athens, Olympia, and Delphi, as well as to important sites elsewhere in the ancient Greek world, such as Knossos and other Bronze Age sites in Crete or ancient and Byzantine sites in Istanbul and western Turkey. The course examines various artistic media and intellectual traditions, especially literature, philosophy, architecture, and decorative sculptural programs, in their concrete physical context, with attention to their religious and cultural functions as well as their social, political, historical, and/or artistic value.  The study of the ancient sites, focusing on the religious, political, and topographical aspects that shaped the foundation, growth and development of these important ancient places, will take place mostly on site and in the museums.  Particular emphasis is placed on the religious meaning and function of the sites in regard to rituals, festivals, and games.  At the same time, students read literary texts, especially the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and examine the ways in which these literary works themselves developed out of religious ceremony and explored religious beliefs and images in order to contribute to or challenge social and cultural cohesion.

Greece Excursions May Include:

  • Athens: Acropolis Site, Ancient Athenian Agora, National Archaeological Museum, Acropolis Museum
  • Corinth: Acrocorinth, Corinth archaeological site and museum
  • Epidauros; Nafplion; Mycenae; Tiryns
  • Olympia museum and Olympia site
  • Hosios Loukas
  • Delphi: site, Parnassus hike, Delphi archaeological museum

Turkey Excursions May Include:

  • Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome,  Archaeological Museum, Topkapi Palace, Turkish and Islamic Museum, Basilica Cistern
  • Seljuk: Seljuk Museum, Archaeology Museum, Ancient City of Ephesus

Riccardi2Maymester 2015 Program Fee: $4,929.16

  • Includes: Application Fee, Tuition/Fees (for both in-state and out-of-state students), all arrangements on land in Greece and Turkey – bed/breakfast, ground transportation, and entrances – plus insurance.
  • Does not include: Airfare, lunches and dinners, personal expenses

Payment Schedule (Cash or Check Payable to TCNJ – pending Treasurer’s approval): 

All payments should be brought to the Student Accounts office, Green Hall 119.

Plan A:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • $2,615.00 (balance of travel costs) due on March 19, 2015
  • $1,664.16 (course tuition/fees) due on May 15, 2015

Plan B:

  • $150 application fee (submitted with application)
  • $500 confirmation fee (submitted upon acceptance)
  • Create a Sallie Mae payment plan (arranged by the student in the Student Accounts office) for the balance of travel costs + tuition/fees =
    • $1,426.39 due in March
    • $1,426.39 due in April
    • $1,426.39 due in May
    • Payment in full by May 15, 2015

Refund, Cancellation, and Withdrawal Policy – Please review our policy statement should a student not be able to participate in the program.

Questions?  Please contact the TCNJ Center for Global Engagement at, 609-771-2596.